The Flyers were looking to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 1994-95 season last night as they headed to New Jersey to take on the defending Eastern Conference champion Devils. The Devils got on the board just 1:07 into the game on a Travis Zajac goal. The Devils would add one with less than 30 seconds remaining in the first. Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a penalty shot less than three minutes into the third period to give New Jersey a commanding 3-0 lead. It is all Martin Brodeur would need as he notched his 10th career shutout of the Flyers. More here.
The Sixers were in Milwaukee facing off against the Bucks before they return to Philadelphia for eight consecutive games. The Sixers held an early 5-4 lead before they allowed the Bucks to open up the lead to 14-6 in a hurry. Once again, the Sixers were unable to score 20 points in a quarter as they trailed 28-18 after the first quarter. The second quarter saw the Sixers take more control of the game as Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner began to settle in. The Bucks were outscored 29-27 in the second quarter. Turner led the Sixers with 12 points and four rebounds at halftime as the 76ers trailed 55-47. The third quarter was not nearly as impactful as last night’s against the Spurs as the Bucks outscored the 76ers 28-24 to take an 83-71 lead into the fourth quarter. The Sixers began the quarter on an 15-7 run to cut the lead to 90-86 before Mike Dunleavy hit an wide open 3-pointer to open the lead back up to seven. They would not look back as they would cruise to a 110-102 victory over the Sixers. More here.
The Villanova Wildcats took over the Wells Fargo Center last night as they welcomed the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals to town. The Wildcats were lead by Ryan Arcidiacono’s 15 points. They held a slim two point advantage at halftime before outscoring the Cardinals by seven points in the second half to give themselves the biggest win of the year. The win moves Nova to 12-7 on the season and 3-3 in Big East play. ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has moved Villanova into the “First Four Out” category. More here.